Ruth Upson Elementary Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is the supply list online the complete list or will it vary by teacher?
The 2018-2019 supply list online is complete, though teachers may ask for additional items. The 2019-2020 supply will be posted before the beginning of next school year.
2. Do students need a kindermat?
Mats are only needed for Pre-Kindergarten.
3. Do you know when we will receive letters about teacher placement or Orientation?
Letters will be sent home the week prior to school starting.
4. Does the school sell school t-shirts?
No, the school does not sell t-shirts, though we try to provide 1 to every student at the beginning of the year, for the first week only based on community donations. After that t-shirts are sold for $12.00.
5. What are the school colors?
Purple and gold.
6. What is the school mascot?
Our mascot is the Eagle.
7. When is the first day of school?
August 13th was the first day of school for the 2018-2019 school year and classes always begin promptly at 8:30. The first day of school for the 2019-2020 school year will be August 12.
8. When is orientation?
This year, orientation for all students was on Friday, August 10th (Orientation for the 2019-2010 school year will be on August 9).
- Pre-K, K, 1st, and 2nd grade students will meet their teachers from 1:00-1:45pm
- 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will meet their teachers from 2:00-2:45pm
9. I want to help Ruth Upson Elementary, what are my options?
- We need classroom and school volunteers to assist with daily activities, cafeteria monitoring, and other classroom services.
- We need parents to serve on our SAC committee which is a unique opportunity to advise school leaders and assist with the school improvement plan.
- We need PTA board members to direct parent involvement efforts and student activities to ensure students have unique and extraordinary experiences at school.
- We need PTA volunteers to help ensure activities and events run smoothly, or to even help in the main office.
- We need in-kind (financial) donations or items to support school programs and our families.
- We collect Box tops, Soup labels, Pop tabs, Labels for Educations, and MyCoke rewards.
10. How can I help my child be successful?
1. Meet your child's teacher.
2. Attend parent-teacher conferences and keep in touch with your child's teacher.
3. Find out how your child is doing, Check the FOCUS portal weekly.
4. Make sure that your child gets homework done and ask for help if they are struggling.
5. Help your child prepare for tests.
6. Volunteer at your child's school and/or join your school's parent-teacher group.
7. Let the school know your concerns.
8. Demonstrate a positive attitude about education to your children.
9. Monitor your child's television, video game, and Internet use.
10. Encourage your child to read.
11. Talk with your child.
12. Encourage your child to be responsible and work independently.
13. Have your student work on i-ready or Achieve 3000 at home.